12 Jan 2023 14:00—15:15 Paris Time Webinar — Paris, France

Engaging citizens as decision makers in clean energy transitions

Engaging people as active participants should be an integral part of designing successful clean energy policies to build public support, incorporate local perspectives, invite innovative ideas from diverse stakeholders, and help create plans that are sustainable, culturally appropriate and feasible to implement.

This event, organised as part of the IEA’s people-centred clean energy transitions webinar series, will explore key issues in social dialogue and citizen engagement as part of decision making processes. It will include a focus on best practice and lessons learned from consultative processes with local communities, citizens’ assemblies and formal youth engagement processes.

Drawing on successful examples and lessons learned from around the world, it will explore the following questions:

  • How can involved citizens come to a shared understanding of climate change related problems and solutions?
  • How can a citizen engagement process on climate change be designed to ensure it delivers substantive and actionable recommendations/outcomes?
  • How can citizen engagement processes be designed so that the voices of those who traditionally do not take part in participatory processes are also represented?
  • Which lessons have been learned from previous citizen assemblies and consultative processes with local communities on clean energy transition related issues? 

Moderator: Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency Division, IEA

  • Graham Smith, Chair, Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA)
  • Art O'Leary, Secretary General, Electoral Commission of Ireland & Secretary to the Citizens' Assemblies on Biodiversity Loss
  • Shirley Dawe, Executive Director, Crown-Indigenous Consultation Coordination/Nòkwewashk, Natural Resources Canada
  • Yeonji Kim, President, 1.5℃ Plan Lab & Former Director, Citizen’s Energy Cooperation Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Aryanto Nugroho, National Coordinator, Publish What you Pay Indonesia
  • Asma Rouabhia & David Arinze, Global Focal Points, Sustainable Development Goal 7 Youth Constituency